Chinese Zodiac for 2014: Year of the Wood Horse

What's in store for your Chinese Zodiac animal this year?? 

Yasha Jampolsky is a talented Four Pillars Astrologer that I'm fortunate to know.  He generously offers the Holistic Spaces readers suggestions for each Chinese Zodiac animal in the 2014 Year of the Wood Horse.  You should definitely contact him if you'd like an in-depth Four Pillars Astrology and Chinese Zodiac analysis. 

And no matter what animal you are, In BTB Feng Shui, we also recommend you carry with you a three dimensional RAM charm on your body at all times for protection.  Ram is also known as Sheep or Goat.



The Rat is a very clever and charming archetype.  In Chinese culture, Rats are incredibly smart and crafty.  They are experts at adaption and innovation.  At the same time, Rats can be manipulative and self-serving. Rats are in harmony with Dragons and Monkeys.  The Ox is their best friend.

For 2014 Yasha shares:  The Rat is at a 180 degree polar opposite to the Horse and many believe that during Horse times, Rats are in for difficulties. I’ve really never seen that to be 100% true. The Rat is strategic and likes to plan, whereas the Horse is very impulsive and just takes off, and is pure energy. This can make the Rat a little bit uncomfortable. My advice to people who were born in the Rat year is learn how to flow with this Horse energy. The way that the Rat does best during a Horse year is by learning how to become more Horse-like and that means a little more impulsive, a little less attached to controlling things and little more able to flow, go with the flow and enjoy the energy that’s around. In this process of letting go, the Rat may be surprised about a lot of wonderful things that will happen.



The Ox is dependable, patient and steadfast.  When there's an Ox around, you don't need to worry. They will take care of things, and truly seek to support those around them.  Oxen are hard workers, sometimes to a fault. Take care to not let others take advantage of you. Oxen are in harmony with Roosters and Snakes.  The Rat is their best friend.

For 2014 Yasha shares:  The Ox is known for their capacity to work. When I speak with Oxen, it seems that their life is about their work. The Ox is very steadfast, is slow moving and this is not exactly the energy of the Horse so many Ox people may feel little uncomfortable with the speed and the intensity of the year. The best advice for an Ox during a Horse year is to learn how to flow with that energy. Know that you are safe even though you may feel not as sure-footed or as comfortable. But the real benefit is that you will be amazed about how much more you can accomplish. For the Ox, that really means a lot to be able to get a lot more work done, and you WILL be able to get a lot more work done during the Horse year.



Tigers are a passionate archetype in the Chinese zodiac.  They are aggressive and strong, not afraid to fight.  The Tiger is a powerful and focused animal, but do tend to make rash decisions. Tigers are in harmony with Horses and Dogs.  The Pig is their best friend.

For 2014 Yasha shares:  The Tiger, Horse and Dog are part of the same trinity and the Tiger is a highly energized creature to begin with. Therefore during a Horse year, the energy of that Tiger really takes off. The things that Tigers have not been able to accomplish during other years, will be able to be accomplished now. Much of the resistance that Tigers encountered during the Snake year that just ended is now no longer there. Tigers now have a green light to truly live the classic horse life, full speed ahead. The Tiger can do this by enjoying everything along the way, tackling a lot of projects with success, and taking on a bit more responsibility beyond what you normally could handle.



Rabbits are very sensitive and sincere animals. They are thoughtful and kind to their friends.  In turn, their friends provide much security for them. Rabbits are in harmony with Rams and Pigs.  The Dog is their best friend.

For 2014 Yasha shares:  The Rabbit is a peaceful, quiet sign and may find the energy of the Horse a little disconcerting. Rabbits may feel almost a little bullied by the energy of the Horse year, but this does not mean that this will be a difficult year. It actually means the Rabbit should learn from and embrace a bit more to that high pace and high energy lifestyle of the year. A benefit for the Rabbit is that the Horse years are very sociable years. The Rabbit absolutely adores social events and being around being around other people and any kind of socializing. So the Rabbit will be able to enjoy a lot more of that.



Dragons are rather energetic and egocentric animals.  They represent an aggressive energy.  But they also represent luck and auspiciousness in Chinese philosophy.  Dragons will always help those in need. Dragons are in harmony with Rats and Monkeys.  The Rooster is their best friend.

For 2014 Yasha shares:  The Dragon is completely at home with the Horse because they both love high energy and are undaunted by this intensity. Dragons can really flow with the Horse because the Dragon can actually be a lot more Dragon-like during the Horse year. One of the things that the Dragon enjoys more than anything is to feel the bigness and fullness of life. During the Horse year, there are so many opportunities to do that. The Dragon also likes to do things in accordance with their own desires and usually high energy activities. There’s a lot of support for that this year. My advice to the Dragon is to go for it, whatever you would like to do, go ahead and do it, including things you haven’t yet had the opportunity to pursue. Dragons will try anything at almost any time, because they’re really guided by their inner realm. This is the year where you can really just go for it, anything that comes up you will probably succeed at. I would advise the Dragon to take some time after the completion of every project to make sure there’s some self-appreciation. Take enough time for re-centering and unwinding from the high energy activities so that you don’t experience any kind of burnout. The earth energy of the Dragon is very much fueled by the fire energy of the Horse.



Snakes are the companion to Dragons, often called the "little dragon".  But Snakes are more subtle and contemplative than the aggressive Dragon.  They are smart and sometimes can be scandalous. Snakes are in harmony with Oxen and Roosters.  The Monkey is their best friend.

For 2014 Yasha shares:  The Snake and the Horse are geographic friends and are both fixed fire signs, so there’s a certain amount of comfort between the two even though they’re vastly different. In spite of the fact that the way of the Snake is not the way of the Horse, the Snake feels perfectly comfortable during the Horse year. This may be a year where Snake people come out and show themselves a little more strongly. They may behave a little more Horse-like, which is more impulsive and energetic. It may be difficult to distinguish Snakes because they may reveal a lot more about themselves this year. It’s actually quite safe to do that because during a Horse year, they have the protection of the Horse.



Horses are friendly animals, they love to talk and socialize with their associates.  They have a cheerful outlook and are often sporty. Horses are in harmony with Tigers and Dogs.  The Ram is their best friend.

For 2014 Yasha shares:  So we have a Horse in a Horse year. Traditionally in Chinese astrology, the Horse is not considered to be one of the archetypes that gets along well with itself therefore there would be a lot of obstacles that would be set in motion for a Horse in a Horse year. But what I've seen with my clients is that actually the Horse year for Horse can be quite wonderful and beneficial. Really the key is to understand that for the Horse in a Horse year, it’s a kind of a "face yourself year." If you’re honest with yourself and able to face your qualities and everything that goes on, then you will have a very successful year. If you blunder blindly forward without thought and without really thinking about consequence, you may encounter some serious challenges that may knock you off your track for a while. Although the Horse is unstoppable, this year may knock you off for a while. This is the time to think about facing yourself and about things within yourself you’d like to change and improve. If you’re able to do that, you should have a wonderful year because the nature of the year is so familiar. It’s such a powerful and celebratory year for the Horse.



Rams are known for their selflessness and affection.  They trust and prefer to follow than lead.  Therefore, Rams are best when in the company of friends. Rams are in harmony with Rabbits and Pigs.  The Horse is their best friend.

For 2014 Yasha shares:  For the Ram, the energy of the Horse can be a kind of a mixed blessing. On one hand, the Ram really enjoys social gatherings and all that goes on. But on the other hand, the Ram really prefers to remain within safe and comfortable territory.  The Ram would rather stay within the box of what safety that it has created for itself.  Safety within family, within groups of friends, etc. During the Horse year, the Ram maybe required to stretch a bit more.  The Ram may be challenged to step out and experience a little more than normal. If you are able to do that, there’s a potential for tremendous amount of growth and lots of rewards at the end.



Monkeys are playful and clever animals.  They can maneuver their way through most situations.  Monkeys often get frustrated when they are not taken seriously. Monkeys are in harmony with Rats and Dragons.  The Snake is their best friend.

For 2014 Yasha shares:  Monkeys are especially suited to Horse years because they love constantly changing scenery and are interested in everything. During this time Monkeys may experience much improvement in money and romance because so many more opportunities will be available. The Monkey is very, very capable of taking advantage of many opportunities. The only caution for the Monkey is that there’s so much going on, it would be very easy to get distracted and develop kind of an ADHD kind of a thing. Therefore it’s very important that the Monkey to be thoughtful and focused. Monkeys who are willing to take some time to set their goals and to be more focused in how to go about doing things should have a tremendous and wonderful year.



Roosters are showy and flamboyant.  They love to show off their feathers and strut their stuff!  Sometimes they can border on abrasiveness, because of their egos. Roosters are in harmony with Oxen and Snakes.  The Dragon is their best friend.

For 2014 Yasha shares:  For the Rooster, the Horse year will probably be one of ups and downs, so make the most of the year by choosing your actions carefully. The Rooster does not like to have its feathers ruffled and that can happen very easily during a Horse year. So, if you can get used to the idea that every once in a while, things will get a little upside down and a little topsy turvy, a little more energetic than you like, you can benefit tremendously from this year. The most important part is to plan within yourself, look inward and determine what you would like to accomplish during this time. If you’re very clear in your goals and focused in way you would like to be going, there’s lots of energy that help you get there. If you encounter any kind of challenges or speed bumps along the way, it’s simply a matter of not dwelling on it so much. Find a way around any challenge that may present itself  and if you can do that, you should have a wonderful, very productive year.



Dogs are the most loyal and honest of the animals.  They are humorous and straightforward.  They are likeable and often hard workers. Dogs are in harmony with Tigers and Horses.  The Rabbit is their best friend.

For 2014 Yasha shares:  The Dog is part of the Horse trinity so all of the Dog’s wonderful qualities are enhanced during this year. The sense of justice, loyalty and devotion to the work that you’re doing in life is all enhanced and supported by the energy of the Horse. Not only will you be able to do the things that you want, there’ll be plenty of energy that’s almost like a big puff of wind in your sail to move you forward. Therefore, do plan on expanding your projects, doing things that you had been thinking about doing for a while, coming up with new ideas or things to do in your chosen field, your chosen area of expertise or even within your family and social networks because you will have a great deal of success. What’s really important this year is being able to stop periodically and appreciate what has been accomplished so that the whole year doesn’t go by. You don't want to look back and say "Gee, went by so fast, I don’t even know if I accomplished anything." So the constant pause to remember self-appreciation is a good process for everyone but especially for the Dog.



Pigs represent comfort and sometimes overindulgence in the Chinese zodiac.  They are often diplomatic and easy going.  Pigs are generous and trusting.  They are especially fond of pleasure. Pigs are in harmony with Rabbits and Rams.  The Tiger is their best friend.

For 2014 Yasha shares:  For the Pig, it should be a year of improvements. Whatever past losses you may have encountered, for example, during the previous Snake year where you may have had some extra challenges, can be recouped. Forward progress will not only be restored but you will even get ahead of where you’re planning on being. So this is a really great time to put into effect all of those projects that were frustrating you in the past and didn’t seem to be moving. You’ll have the opportunity to pick up from where you left off and see progress that may exceed your expectations. By nature, the Pig is very optimistic and maybe after the Snake year has learned how to curb their enthusiasm. This is the time when Pig people can return to being enthusiastic and excited the way that they generally are. The best part of it is that the Pig loves a good party, loves a good social event, and loves to be around people. There will be lots of opportunities for that this year. The Pig can move freely forward with confidence to accomplish and see the results that you desire. 

by Anjie Cho

Yasha Jampolsky is a nationally recognized advisor, author and teacher of the Asian Art of Four Pillars Astrology.  He has appeared on national Radio and Television and has been a contributing writer for local and national publications. His research and innovations have made Four Pillars more accessible to students and clients alike and allowed the possibility to use Four Pillars as a powerful modern healing modality.

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